Preoperative assessment center (pac)

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Mission Statement

Welcome to the PAC! We are located in Naval Medical Center San Diego on the 4th floor of Building one, click HERE for a building map with PAC location. Our goal is to make your preoperative experience pleasant and to ensure a smooth process for your visit. To help you and your family prepare, please review the following important information.

Typical PAC visits include a check in process, an interview with a Health Technician to review medications and collect laboratory studies and perform EKGs (if required) as well as an interview with an Anesthesia provider if needed. Visit times will vary depending on your health history and anesthesia needs as well as on the daily patient load. Mondays typically have the highest patient volume, so higher than usual wait times can be expected. In efforts to streamline your preoperative process, click on the links below to print out your evaluation forms to fill out prior to your arrival.

Forms

Perioperative Teaching

Our staff is here to assist you throughout the preoperative process, feel free to contact us at any point during your visit with any questions or concerns. Thank you for choosing Naval Medical Center San Diego for your health care needs. We realize you have a choice, and we are proud to serve you.

Day-Of-Surgery Assistance

Upon arrival to NMCSD, you will report to the Main Operating Room to check in for surgery (unless otherwise instructed by your provider) for a map to the location of the Main Operating Room, click [HERE]. One family member or guest may stay with you in the preoperative area (2 for pediatric patients) Your anesthesia provider will meet with you and discuss your anesthesia. Your surgeon may also see you in this area before surgery. Your operating room nurse will then greet you and take you into the operating room. If your escort is unable to wait for the entire time, we can make arrangements to contact that person with a time to pick you up. Remember you MUST have a responsible adult take you home the day of surgery, or you will be required to spend the night at NMCSD, in addition service members that live in the barracks or on a ship will be required to spend the night at NMCSD. If you live in the barracks, on a ship or are unable to have anyone drive you home the day of surgery, please let your surgeon know so they can make arrangements for you to spend the night. You will be able to leave first thing the next morning in most cases.

On the day of surgery, please remember:


ADULTS

  • Do not to eat, chew gum or use any tobacco products AFTER MIDNIGHT
  • ✅ You are encouraged to drink clear liquids (liquids you can see through) up to 2 hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
  • ✅ The following are acceptable clear liquids: Water, clear apple juice, sprite/7-up, Pedialyte, Gatorade or other sports drink, black coffee (no creamer).
  • You may brush your teeth.
  • ✅ Take regularly scheduled medications as instructed by the doctor or anesthesia provider with a sip of water

CHILDREN AND INFANTS

  • Do not to eat, or chew gum AFTER MIDNIGHT
  • ✅ Encourage your children to drink Clear liquids you can see through up to 2 hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
  • Breast milk up to 4 hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
  • Formula up to 6 hours prior to scheduled arrival time.
  • ✅ Take regularly scheduled medications as instructed by the doctor or anesthesia provider with a sip of water.